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Lindy Consulting Limited, Architect Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018

Lindy Consulting Limited, Architect of Toronto, Ontario

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,

Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

Toronto, Canada, January 29, 2018 – Lindy Consulting Limited Architect of Toronto has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The [insert descriptive statement about your company here. The 10-year old architectural practice was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“Thank you to our great clients! We are honoured to have won this award for the 5th year in a row!”, Steven Lindy

“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”

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5 Steps to a Perfect Guest Room

Perfect Guest Room

With busy schedule, people have quite a little time to focus on their homes. Guest rooms suffer the most as it is one of the most neglected part of a home. Homeowners focus on them only when a relative or friend visits for an overnight stay. If you want to make a good impression in front of your visitors, then you need to remodel guest room to convert it into a more appealing and welcoming one.

Steps to create an amazing room for visitors:

Step 1: Modernizing Room Walls and Flooring

The first thing you need to do is, inspect the room. Examine the condition of walls and floor. Painting is considered one of the easiest and inexpensive way of remodeling. This will offer a fresh and new look to a room, which will be appreciated by your friends and guests. Neutral or warm tones are widely used as they are generally famous for welcoming feel. To beautify the floors, replace the old carpet with a new one that will change the look of entire room. If it has hardwood flooring, then simply add a new rug that offers a softer and warm touch.

Step 2: Coordinate a Color Scheme

After deciding the paint color for the room, try to coordinate other important accessories with that color. Shop for new comforters, bed sheets, curtains, throw pillows, and chairs that matches with your room. A consolidated color scheme looks elegant and make guests feel special.

Step 3: Increase Storage Space

No one likes to live out of a suitcase. It is advised to create some storage space for your guest, which they can utilize in storing their clothes and personal items. Clear out drawer spaces to generate some space in the closet where they can hang clothes. Also, tuck some fresh towels in one of the drawers.

Step 4: Bathroom Access

One of the most vital issue is bathroom access from your guest room. It is great if there is an attached bathroom with the room. If not, then do provide them with a convenient bathroom near to the guest room space. If there is no bathroom nearby, and guests have to walk a long way to reach your bathroom, it might let you down. Do prepare for a budget to get a bathroom installed as soon as possible.

Step 5: Final Touches

Sometimes the small and the finest details can make all the difference. Small additions such as alarm clock, TV, reading lamp, fresh flowers and magazines or books are very much appreciated by visitors and can also enhance the decorative appeal. Aim to provide them with all those things that can make them feel comfortable. While renovating your guest room, try to add few luxuries which you can afford.

These were the steps which can help you in designing a perfect and appealing guest room. Even these quick and simple touches can make a big difference which your guests will surely love. If you are looking for home and guest room remodeling and renovation services, you can contact us anytime for consultation.

Why You Should Renovate Your Bedroom?

Why You Should Renovate Your Bedroom?

Renovating your bedroom would turn it into your dream bedroom! No matter, if your current bedroom was not designed according to your taste or you want to upgrade, renovation is the answer for you. There can be a number of reasons for you to renovate your master bedroom. It can be emotional, full of tastes, more options, more space, beautify and a lot more.

With the passing of time, new design and trends make place in the market and if you want to stay ahead of all your friends & family, go for it.

Top Reasons For a Bedroom Makeover:-

  • Return On Investment

No matter, what reason you are going for a bedroom makeover, one thing is for sure, it will definitely add to your property’s value. If you are thinking of a sale, even then it is a great option.Most of the people come looking for beautifully designed master bedrooms, which forms the soul of their house. This surely meets client’s demand and increase the value as per.

  • More Space

When you are renovating your bedroom, you have the chance of getting more space to your bedroom. You can simply remove the unwanted things or adjust cupboards to increase space. The best would be to get the outer space inside your bedroom by throwing off the side walls. This will help you get maximum space and then, you can use as much space as you want to.

  • More Features

We all have one thing in common! We all want more and are never satisfied with what we have. So, why you should you wait to add more features to your bedroom.You can add any kind of features, ranging from lights, curtains, cupboards, walls to almost everything. Design it in your own style, place things where you want to, all with a simple makeover.

Here Are Few More Reasons For a Makeover:-

  • Hobby or Art work

You can always add art works of various great artists or add features relating to your hobby.

  • Prints

Prints are just not meant for bed covers but you can add them to any stuff you want to.

  • Walls

What better way of a makeover than re-designing your walls. Either choose a different paint or add various stuff like paintings or any other feature.

  • Personality

A room should not just be a room but a reflection of your personality. It should be designed keeping your taste and values.

  • More Light

With a new bedroom, you have the option of having more light than before. Light is something, which every room must have as much as possible.

  • Flooring

Your flooring is the first impression to your bedroom. You can choose a flooring as per your taste and the latest designs.

Lindy Consulting Limited, Architect Wins 2016 HomeStars Best of Award

HomeStars Best of 2016 Award

TORONTO, February 16, 2016: Lindy Consulting Limited, Architect is pleased to announce that it has been honoured with a HomeStars Best of 2016 Award celebrating its commitment to quality work and service. The awards event took place in Toronto as well as four other major cities across Canada.

“To be recognized with a HomeStars Best of Award is a great accomplishment and we are proud of this honour,” says Steven Lindy, OAA, Lindy Consulting Limited, Architect. “We always strive to improve our service and hope to win this award again in the years to come.”

Best of Award winners are the top performers on the HomeStars, ranging from independent

contractors to larger retailers. Winners are selected using several criteria including homeowner reviews as well as their responsiveness to homeowners.

Best of Homestars 2016

Best of Homestars 2016

“To win one of these awards is really a testament to a contractor’s quality of work,” says Nancy Peterson, Founder and CEO of HomeStars. “We like to think of them as our own People’s Choice Awards since they are based on the reviews written by homeowners.”

 

 

 

 

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HOMESTARS BEST OF 2016

HOMESTARS BEST OF 2015

HOMESTARS BEST OF 2014

HOUZZ BEST OF 2016

HOUZZ BEST OF 2015

HOUZZ BEST OF 2014

LINDY ARCHITECT – PROFESSIONAL

Our strength lies in our superior client service every step of the way. We offer full service design and renovation advice.

Well versed in permit drawings and construction drawings and the City approvals process, we are excellent at helping a client troubleshoot and brainstorm to come up with a home addition, new home construction, or upgrade that will suit their wants and needs for years to come. We specialize in home renovations, open concept renovations, additions, Commmittee of Adjustment and new builds. We can help you decide where to best spend those renovation dollars for the highest impact. Visit our website. Speak to Lindy Architect to get you on the right track.

See Lindy Consulting Limited, Architect’s HomeStars Profile for more information.

About HomeStars

HomeStars is a free service helping homeowners find reputable renovators, repairmen and retailers through its database of 2 million companies and hundreds of thousands of reviews.

Lindy Architect Receives 2016 “Best of Houzz” Award – 3rd year in a row!

Lindy Architect of Toronto

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016

 Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,

Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

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Toronto, Canada, January 12, 2016Lindy Architect of Toronto, Ontario has won Best Of Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The  10-year old architecture and design firm was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We are pleased to have won this award for the 3rd year in a row. Thank you Houzz and thank you to our valued clients.” Steven Lindy, Architect


For Design and/or Customer Service winners
“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Lindy Architect, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

About Lindy Architect

Toronto based Lindy Architect is specialized in residential architecture. We offer a full range of architectural services for renovations additions and new builds. Our strength lies in our superior client service, our level of professional experience, our understanding of the planning, zoning, approvals and development process, our ability to deliver highly detailed contemporary design both on time and on budget. We are OAA licenced and promote the use of affordable green building practices.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

Lindy Architect Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

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Lindy Architect of Toronto Receives

Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

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Best of Houzz 2015 – Service

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in Canada and Around the World.

Toronto, Canada, January 13, 2015 – Lindy Architect of Toronto, Ontario has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design.

The 8-year old architectural, development management and design firm was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction.

Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

“We are pleased to have received this award for the second year in a row. We are grateful to Houzz, and especially grateful to our wonderful clients” -Steven Lindy, Architect

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Lindy Architect among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

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About Lindy Architect.

Lindy Consulting Limited was established in 2008 by Steven Lindy, OAA to focus on creating architectural projects that expresses the homeowner’s own style. Melding creativity and realistic details, they bring both energy and order to your project. Lindy specializes in approvals, new construction, renovations and all aspects of residential and commercial architectural design. The result is an architectural project that is contemporary and comfortable.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit www.houzz.com

The Home of The Future

The inspiration of the dwelling of the future—fitted with all kinds of high end, clean energy features and gadgets—is an appealing idea. Unfortunately, many of us have houses that are stuck squarely in the past. To do something like add solar cells, or even just insulate better, requires what can be an tremendous cash outlay. But there’s an upside: If you’re improving your house to be more energy efficient, you’re likely going to start saving funds on the life cycle costs. Are you going to save enough to make your expenditures worthwhile? Should you throw down for that retrofit? The truth is, it depends on what you want to do, and—more importantly—how long you’re going to stay in your house. If you’re just passing through, consider efficient shower heads (paid off in less than a year with it’s $200 of savings) or a programmable thermostat (just a hair over six months). For the more sedentary among us, there are projects that will take longer, such as solar panels (11 years to recuperate the investment) or radiant floors that distribute heat and reduce costs (7 years). But what’s good to remember is that once you make it past the break-even point, you’re saving money every year, cash that goes right into your pocket. In the case of solar power, you might even start making money, as you can supply energy back into the grid. Over 20 years, you’re going to save up to $50,000 in electricity costs with solar panels; up to $10,000 with radiant floors. Think long-term, and these improvements start seeming better and better.

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What is the kitchen “work triangle” and why is it important?

A kitchen work triangle is one of the most functional design principles applied by Toronto architects in the kitchen layouts. The main objective of an efficient kitchen work triangle is to place the three primary work sites in such a distance apart that the traffic gets minimized through the work zone.

Typically, there are three main work sites:

  • Refrigerator – for cold storage
  • Sink – for cleaning/preparation
  • Stove – for cooking

These three elements represent the kitchen work triangle. If these elements are placed too far from each other, there will be wastage of steps, and if they are placed too near, you will have a cluttery kitchen which runs out of place to work.

Importance of work triangle

One of the primary reasons for implementing work triangle is to minimize the number of steps it takes to get to one work zone from the other, and making the space much easier to manoeuvre. Keeping work triangle in mind can provide you with an enjoyable kitchen experience.

Below are the various kitchen layout models and the importance of work triangle on them.

L-shaped kitchen

  • Provides easy storage and cooking space.
  • Allows having a dining table in this layout.
  • Protects the homeowners from financial market.

Island shaped kitchen

  • Provides extra counter space to easily cook meals.
  • Allows more than one person work in the kitchen.
  • Provides additional storage space.
  • Allows creating a toolbar to sit.

Peninsula Design

  • Ideal for entertainment purposes.
  • Provides an open space.

U- Shaped kitchen

  • Allows multiple cabinets.
  • Provides ample space for cooking and cleaning purposes.
  • Allows integration of an island into the project.

Pantry

  • Allows containing several cabinets in the draft.
  • Suitable for medium sized kitchens.
  • Provides an orderly design of the kitchen cabinets.

The work triangle may be close to a ‘one-size-fits-all’ way to design kitchens, but it’s not the only design consideration that Toronto homeowners should take into account. There are no hard and fast rules for these guidelines. Sometimes, the possible layout for your kitchen may break a rule. Because kitchens are now bigger and often feature multiple work stations, there may be a possibility of more than one work triangle.

For a better idea of what kind of kitchen’s will best suit your household, speak with a residential architect. There’s a good amount of thought goes into building a good kitchen, and if you’re planning on spending most of your time cooking, it’s worth it.

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How to Create a Dream Master Bathroom On a Budget

If you want to create a dream master bathroom, but don’t have a dream budget, here are some tips from architects in Toronto for remodeling a bathroom that can help you achieve both your dream and financial goals.

Although sky’s the limit, you can still turn your master bathroom into a luxurious spa-like retreat. Keeping your finances in line doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. We have outlined a few steps below:

  1. Decide your personal style: Be it contemporary, modern or traditional, infuse your bathroom remodel with your own choice of style. Try browsing some online websites to get some amazing ideas to help you decide a unique theme for your master bathroom.

  1. Generate a theme: A theme for your bathroom will link all the fixtures, décor and appliances together. The theme should be consistent, something that matches your bedroom’s style. It could be anything from tropical, romantic, natural, beach to minimalist. Just make sure the theme in your master bathroom reflects relaxation and comfort.

  1. Stick to your budget: Once you have set a budget for your bathroom, make sure to stick to it. People usually go over their desired budget while fantasizing about their dream bathroom.

  1. Always keep it comfortable: While planning your dream bathroom remodel, do not forget that it’s a place that you will be using every day. Therefore, it should be comfortable enough for you. Not all pretty bathrooms are as functional as they look.

Even if you have limited resources, architects in Toronto can give you a bathroom remodel within reach. When planning to remodel your master bathroom:

  • Refinish your sink or tub especially if it is made from porcelain, cast iron or fiberglass.

  • Decorate the ugly toilet with accessories.

  • Paint or refinish the wood cabinets. If you have less storage space, install shelving in any extra wall space.

  • Add warm and earthy feeling by simply adding dimmer switch to existing light fixtures.

  • Use durable but inexpensive ceramic tiles for most of your floor and expensive tiles only as accents. If you are satisfied with your current tile, just make few necessary repairs.

  • Paint lighter colors on your bathroom wall to make the room appear larger. Create dimensional effects using textured painting techniques.

  • Use framed mirrors to add design to your master bathroom. Make sure to coordinate its look with the moldings.

  • Last but not the least, you should always ask yourself how can each decision effect your budget.

Lindy Consulting Limited is a Toronto architect firm specializing in residential architecture. For a complete range of architectural services and renovations, feel free to give us a call.

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Process for Variances of Zoning By Laws – Committee of Adjustment

Process though Committee of Adjustment

Process for Variances of Zoning By Laws

 

In order to obtain approvals for new construction, additions and renovations, it is quite common that owners need to obtain variances approved to the existing Zoning by laws on their properties.

These variances may include height, density, coverage, depth, setbacks, balcony areas, roof types, projections, landscaped space, parking, etc.

Here is a simplified list of how to move through the process.

Where to start:

Zoning Review

-Architect/Designer prepares drawings for a Zoning Review (show existing and proposed, setbacks, height density, coverage as applicable, etc)

-Apply for a new zoning review report from planning

-Obtain zoning review, shows list of items that do not comply to zoning , these become the list of requested variances 

Committee of Adjustment

-Apply to Committee of Adjustment

-Obtain hearing date

-Post notice of public hearing

-Neighbors provided notice and drawings, and interested parties are allowed to present at hearing

-Planning may provide a planning report to the committee (planner may recommend approval or refusal)

-Obtain letters of support from neighbours.

-Attend committee hearing.

-“Appeal period” until decision is final (approx. 1 month)

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